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    CoCo Frisco Square

    Group that includes former Mavs coach hopes to jump-start Frisco Square project
    Christine Perez
    Staff Writer
    Former Dallas Mavericks head coach Don Nelson has a new gig -- in real estate. Nelson has joined about a dozen other investors in Frisco Fairways L.P., which is poised to take over and jump-start Frisco Square, a stalled, $1 billion mixed-use development south of Main Street off the Dallas North Tollway.

    Pending Frisco City Council approval on April 5, Fairways Frisco L.P. will have controlling interest in the 147-acre complex. Original developer Cole McDowell with Flower Mound-based Five Star Development will stay on as an investor.

    At full build-out, Frisco Square will contain more than 4 million square feet of retail, residential and office space, along with civic facilities, including Frisco's new city hall and public library.

    Five Star was peddling a 40% stake in the project for $34 million last year, according to local investment sources. Instead, Fairways acquired a majority interest, though the parties involved would not disclose specific terms.

    The four lead partners are Jim Leslie, Brant Bryan, Cathy Sweeney and David Stringfield, who also run the national capital markets group of New York-based Cresa Partners L.L.C. Prior to forming that division in 2002, the four were top executives at The Staubach Co.: Leslie was president, Bryan ran the company's finance group, Sweeney was chief financial officer and Stringfield was managing director of financial services.

    Their depth of experience will come in handy as the group works to revive Frisco Square, which has had a slow start.

    Other investors include Holt Lunsford with Holt Lunsford Commercial, and Jack Matthews of Southside on Lamar fame. All Fairways investors are putting in their own cash.

    Delays in leasing and development put Five Star in the position of needing an influx of capital to help take the project to the next level, Leslie said.

    "The project had slowed, but we're seeing a new sense of energy," he said. "In basketball terms, we're moving from a 20-win season to a 60-win season."

    Nelson's interest
    Nelson resigned last month after coaching the Mavs for eight years, and a 42-year career with the National Basketball Association. He will continue to collect his annual $5.1 million salary for the rest of this season and next season.

    Besides the return-on-investment possibilities, Nelson said he was intrigued by t
    A partnership among Hunt Sports Group, Frisco Independent School District, Collin County and the city of Frisco, the soccer complex will include a 21,000-seat stadium for the Dallas Burn, a Major League Soccer team. It's scheduled for completion in August.

    "I'm interested in the potential basketball connection at Frisco Square," Nelson said. "We're discussing the possibility of developing a youth basketball program and courts within the complex, and I'm excited about that in the future, now that I have more free time."

    Building plans
    In addition, Fairways, which has about 55 acres left to develop, is in talks with a group that wants to build a 150-room, full-service hotel. It also aims to add three new buildings over the next 18 months, starting in June. All three will include 60,000 square feet of office space and 20,000 square feet of retail space. The partnership will look to get 20% to 30% in preleasing commitments before breaking ground. Because of its land holdings, Fairways also can accommodate large build-to-suits, Leslie said.

    Jeff Eckert, David Reed and Jim Yoder with Trammell Crow Co. have been tapped to handle leasing of the office space. Eckert said Frisco Square's robust amenity base will give it an edge over competitors.

    Five other developers have recently announced plans to build more than 550,000 square feet of new office space in Frisco in the coming months.

    "Frisco Square will be one of the largest mixed-use developments in the country," Eckert said. "It's just in its beginning stages; we're just starting to see the benefits of all the hard work and planning that went into it. The Fairways partners will bring a new perspective to the project. They bring not just added capital but credibility and a wealth of real estate expertise."

    Frisco Square was born out of the Frisco City Council's desire to build a new city hall in a place where it wouldn't take away from downtown, a goal the city began exploring in the late 1990s. An early plan had the building at Preston Road and Main Street, but that seemed too far away, said George Purefoy, city manager.

    "We then looked at keeping it downtown, but we ran the risk of basically engulfing downtown because of the eventual size the city hall would need to be," he said. "The next best thing seemed to be crossing the railroad tracks, just west of downtown."

    New Urbanism approach
    Initial plans called for a civic campus on land the city owned south of Main Street and east of the Dallas North Tollway extension. The city took a New Urbanism approach after touring mixed-use projects such as Legacy Town Center in Plano, Southlake Town Square and Flower Mound's Parker Square. Parker Square was developed by McDowell's Five Star.

    Five Star acquired additional land, taking the project up to 147 acres, and formed a general partnership with the city of Frisco. A municipal management district was formed to handle the development of infrastructure, such as sidewalks and streets.
    Designs for Frisco Square were drawn up by Washington architect David Schwarz, whose other local projects include the Nancy Lee & Perry R. Bass Performance Hall in downtown Fort Worth, Ameriquest Field in Arlington and American Airlines Center in Dallas.

    Five Star began work on the first phase of the planned 4 million-square-foot complex in the spring of 2002. It built three buildings totaling 250,000 square feet -- two 57-unit multifamily buildings with ground-floor retail, and one 80,000-square-foot office facility, of which 20,000 square feet is retail space -- but then had trouble leasing the space. After that the project stalled, leading some local commercial real estate brokers to begin referring to it as "Fiasco Square."

    Critics say the project got started too early, that it was too far north of where most growth was occurring. And, for a while, Frisco Square seemed to be an island of new commercial construction, surrounded by undeveloped land. But that's quickly changing, Purefoy said.

    "Frisco Square has been a leading-edge project on the edge of development," he said.

    "Because the project had been on the edge, it wasn't able to sustain its initial momentum. However, with all the other things going on, it soon will move from the edge to the center of development."

    Besides the Frisco Soccer and Entertainment Center, the area is seeing a burst of new activity. Within a few months, Main Street will be widened to a six-lane roadway. By 2007, the Dallas North Tollway will extend north to U.S. 380. And by next spring, Frisco's new $30.5 million city hall and public library, which sits in the heart of Frisco Square, will be finished.

    "Those three projects will bring a lot of new momentum to Frisco Square," Purefoy said.

    The 150,000-square-foot civic complex was designed by Holzman Moss Architecture of New York. It will be totally clad in limestone and granite. Purefoy said the city is building in space for some county offices and may also include a contract postal center.

    On the south side of Frisco Square, LandPlan Development Corp. is finalizing plans for about 300 upscale two- and three-story townhomes, which will start at about $400,000. LandPlan acquired 30 acres in the project late last year.

    "We felt the city hall and library would bring more stability to the project," said Jim Williams, principal at Frisco-based LandPlan. "We're looking at it as a three-way partnership between us, the city of Frisco and the Fairways group. We think it will be a phenomenal place to live and work for a long time to come."

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    The satellite cities of Dallas continue to be leaders in planning and development of suburban America. The successes of the suburbs will eventually lead to success in reinstituting a Cosmopolitian Core City. While vitrually every once true urban setting suffered during five decades of growth dominated by the convenience of lifestyle built into suburban neighborhoods, a collection of factors has led a growing percentage of the population to prefer the dense urban lifestyle.

    The next 50 years (two generations) will rebuild the segment of urban American once thriving in the younger American cities. Dallas more than any other metropolitian area has laid the ground work to reinstitute a ture urban core into a giant suburban metropolis. A twenty mile long swath of recreation friendly green space lining the center of the metro area and off grade public transportation channeling suburban residents into the center of the metro area are perhaps the two actions which will most greatly enhance the quality of life in Urban Dallas; however, the ease with which each suburban area/community can accommodate 10,000- 15,000 new residents every year is reflected in the inertia of the primary downtown urban environment. The better they make it in Frisco, Southlake, HEB, De Soto, Red Oak etc, the better they will have it in downtown Dallas. Every new urbanist development like Frisco Square will contribute to the sustainability of niche event and destination variety in downtown Dallas.

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    Some construction pics for a multi-level wrap around apartment building. The interactive map on Frisco Square's website is out of date (even though it does include the removal of studio movie grill) and doesn't mention any ground floor retail but considering from these pictures and a couple drive-bys, the 1st floor height seems a little too tall for just another floor of residential. Then again, some people like having shelves 4 ft above their heads...

    Hey mods! Sonny wants to know if ya'll would be kind enough to add that cute little post icon?

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    $60 million project on tap for Frisco Square
    By STEVE BROWN Real Estate Editor
    Published: 18 November 2011 07:28 AM

    Developers of the 11-year-old Frisco Square are about to begin construction on the biggest project yet in the mixed-use complex.

    The 8-story building will be located near Frisco's City Hall in the project on Main Street just east of the Dallas North Tollway.

    "It's about a $60 million complex of buildings - retail office and housing with a parking garage," said Frisco Square's managing partner Jim Leslie. "Our plan is to be underway in late January or early February."

    The complex will include 100,000 square feet of office space, 220 apartment units and 50,000 square feet of retail space with 800 parking spaces. The building was designed by architect O'Brien Associates.

    Frisco Square has leased 61,000 square feet of office space to Gearbox Software, a developer of interactive entertainment products.

    Gearbox has been in business since 1999 and is currently located on east Park Boulevard in Plano.
    The company looked at multiple locations before picking Frisco Square.


    The new development will open in early 2013, Leslie said.


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    Gearbox Software to relocate its HQ to Frisco in new development

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    The development will be the latest addition to the 147-acre mixed-use development, Frisco Square. The project includes a five-story parking structure and retail, restaurant and fitness amenities. Dallas-based O'Brien Architects is the project designer.

    JLL's Jeff Eckert and James Esquivel represented the landlord in the real estate deal.
    At the completion of the project, Frisco Square will total as much as 4.4 million square feet of apartments, office, retail and government space within the pedestrian-friendly development.

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    Pretty disappointed that David M. Schwartz isn't designing this phase of residential. Coleman Boulevard has some handsome architecture, but it looks like that will be the best Frisco gets. Onward with the poorly-scaled pop-up buildings!

    Apartment Community Heads for Frisco Square

    The four-story Ablon at Frisco Square will be constructed south of Main Street and just across from Frisco’s City Hall.
    Ablon said the apartments, designed by BGO Architects, will open at the end of next year.

    The Frisco rental complex will be of the same quality that developers are building in Uptown and other popular central Dallas neighborhoods, he said.

    “Everybody talks about the generation that wants the urban lifestyle in Uptown,” Ablon said. “But there is a large number of the same folks that want the same things but are more suburban.”

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    At first glance it looked like a decent building, but after a closer look I'm pretty sure I see at least 3 different architecture styles just on the front; Greek, Georgian, and I guess modern.

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    Another Office Building for Frisco Square

    The 4-story building would be constructed in the Frisco Square development on Frisco’s Main Street, just east of the Dallas North Tollway.

    The planned project will contain 40,000 square feet of office space plus 10,000 square feet of ground floor retail and is to be built at the southwest corner of Main Street and Coleman Boulevard,

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